Tyne & Wear

Ashington pub forced to close after drugs raid

A Northumberland pub has been forced to close less than a month after it was raided by drugs officers.

Police made almost 20 arrests when they raided The Base pub in Ashington on 30 April. Five people were subsequently charged with drug offences.

Northumbria Police later asked Northumberland County Council to revoke the pub's licence, claiming it was a hub for serious crime and disorder.

The council has now agreed and the pub will close indefinitely.

Concerned residents

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "This is an excellent result for the local community in Ashington.

"Residents told us that they were concerned about drugs in the area, so we investigated and took action."

Alan Thompson, Northumberland County Council's executive member for public protection, added: "The council has a duty when acting in its capacity as the licensing authority to ensure those premises, which have been granted licences, are managed in such a way as to promote the licensing objectives.

"It is clear that this had not been the case and the appropriate action was taken to revoke the licence."

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